Emissions cheating device found on Audi V6 TDI models

Daniel Fowler
May 9, 2018

According to papers filed in March, Winterkorn allegedly found out about the so-called defeat device installed in the carmaker's cars in 2014, following a study of West Virginia University's Center for Alternative Fuels, Engines, and Emissions.

An internal review revealed abnormalities in the engine-management software of current A6 and A7 models with V-6 diesel motors, Audi said in a statement on Tuesday. After the irregularities were noticed, deliveries of the affected cars to retailers were immediately stopped.

"The engines involved are the V6 TDI Gen2 evo EU6 engine with a maximum output of 200kw which is used in the A6 and A7 models of generation C7, which are now being phased out". "We did so at once additionally on this case". Audi UK said it does not yet have figures for how many UK cars are included in the 60,000 total, but customers will be notified in the coming weeks.

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An Audi spokesperson told Der Spiegel the company "discovered an irregularity just over a week ago and communicated it to the KBA last Friday, we are working on a software update and are in close contact with the KBA". The e-tron electric SUV will arrive at the end of the year, and plug-in hybrid and electric technology will soon be available in every model line, as Audi targets 800,000 electrified vehicle sales per year by 2025 - nearly half its global volume.

Audi Australia released the following statement: "Our customers are our highest priority and Audi Australia is now working with AUDI AG to understand whether any Australian vehicles are affected". The issue raises questions about Audi's handling of emissions irregularities and will likely increase pressure on Rupert Stadler, the brand's chief who has been a frequent target of criticism in the aftermath of the scandal.

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